Special Event

American Swedish Historical Museum

2019 Special Member Excursion

On Sunday 25 August 2019, current members of the Society are invited to attend our Special Member Excursion that will take us to the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia.

Founded in 1926, the American Swedish Historical Museum in South Philadelphia is the oldest Swedish museum in the United States. 1926 marked the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and Americans from all backgrounds were celebrating their heritage and their contributions to the United States of America. The museum's founder, Dr. Amandus Johnson, inspired a group of committed, successful Swedish-Americans to build the Museum as a permanent monument to Swedish contributions in the United States.

The Museum is located on land that was once part of a seventeenth-century land grant from Queen Christina of Sweden to Swedish colonist, Sven Skute. The Museum's architect, Swedish-American John Nydén, combined architectural features from three prominent edifices in his design. He modeled the main building after a seventeenth-century Swedish manor house, Eriksberg in Södermanland. The copper cupola atop the building is inspired by the one on Stockhlom's City Hall, and the arcades which flank the Museum are patterned after those at George Washington's home, Mount Vernon.

The Museum's 20,000 square foot interior is currently divided into twelve exhibition galleries, reference library, curatorial storage and archives, offices, museum store, large dining room/conference area and kitchen.

This event will be held at American Swedish Historical Museum located at 1900 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19145 (215.389.1776) on Sunday 25 August 2015, starting at approximately 2 pm.

Advance reservations, with tickets at $35 per person, will be required. More detailed information about registration, as well as the event schedule and planned activities will be available soon.


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